Worcester St Johns Cycling Club

Worcester St Johns Cycling Club was founded in 1888 by cyclists keen to go cycling together and to protect and encourage all aspects of cycling in Worcester. Through the years the club focused on racing and the sporting side of cycling but has always included social and leisure cycling activities. Today the club is involved in every possible aspect of cycling from racing to campaigning for better cycling facilities.

Racing members are active in Cyclocross, Training Rides, Track Racing, Time Trials, Road Racing, Mountain Biking and Ultra Distance Events. Both racing and non-racing members take part in sportives, club rides, club nights, touring  and other social events. We aim to cater for all levels of ability from complete novices to experienced cyclists of any age.

The club provides a full calendar of racing events on the road through our affiliations to the Cycling Time Trial Council (CTT) and British Cycling as well as LVRC races. During the summer we organise weekly evening time trials on local courses over varying distances between 5 and 25 miles. At the weekends, members participate in club rides, sportives, road races and open time trials.

Club racing activity is frequently reported in the local press, especially when Worcester St Johns riders are in action on local courses and in open events.

Our most popular activities, are weekly club rides. Members meet on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays for rides of varying speeds and distances (see below for more details).


Worcester St Johns CC Sunday Club Rides

8 am every Sunday, regardless of weather, we leave the Premier Inn at Worcester Bridge. The rides are typically 50/60 miles and last around 3 hours (average speed 17mph). Ride routes are posted on our Facebook group page in advance and are available to download as a GPS via the Worcester St Johns Cycling Club Garmin Connect site.

9 am every Sunday, we leave the Premier Inn at Worcester Bridge. The rides are typically 40 – 50 miles (dependent upon route and terrain) and aim to be back in Worcester before 12 noon (average speed around 16mph). Ride details are posted on our Facebook group page. If not pre-planned riders agree a ride at the meeting point.

 9.30 am every Sunday – The main WSJCC club ride leaves from outside the Premier Inn at Worcester Bridge.
  • The average speed is about 15 mph over sometimes flat, sometimes hilly routes.
  • There is always a café stop after 30 miles followed by a 20 mile ride home.
  • This is a training ride for some and a social ride for others but you should be able to ride for 50 miles at 15 mph to participate. Everyone is welcome to come along and start the ride. Less fit riders will need to be prepared to take a short route home until they are able to do the whole ride. There will often be another rider prepared to guide you home.
  • Ride destinations and routes are usually announced on our Facebook group page. If no specific ride has been organised those who arrive at the start will decide a route and destination on the day.
  • In winter we expect riders to have full mudguards out of respect for riders behind them and the café’s seats we sit on.
  • Riders should carry a spare inner tube or puncture repair kit and pump, money for the café, racing cape and a drink to keep hydrated.
  • The riders travel in formation (two-abreast), singling out as necessary. Usually there will be an experienced rider who can help beginners to practise group riding skills in order to retain group formation. On longer hills the group may split up, but will regroup at the top.
  • Please let someone on the ride know when you arrive if it is your first club run.
  • The Sunday club ride is a non-competitive ride and all riders who join the ride should be familiar with Club Cycling Etiquette in the Worcester St Johns Cycling Club Handbook

Worcester St John CC Saturday Morning Steady Social Rides

9.30 am every Saturday morning we run a steady social ride. leaving from the bridge outside the Premier Inn on New road, Worcester.
These rides are intended as an entry level ride for cyclists who would like to learn the skill of group riding. The rides are aimed at riders who wish to develop their group riding skills on a shorter, steadier ride before joining the longer Sunday club rides or faster mid-week chain-gang rides.
The ride will be about 30 miles and the average speed will vary, according to conditions, but is usually between 13 and 15 mph. Riding in a group is more efficient so if you can currently ride 25 to 30 miles solo at 12 to 14 mph average speed then you will have no problem with this ride. The ride stops midway at a cafe, so remember to bring some change for tea and cake.
The rides will be held every Saturday (weather permitting) and event details and routes will be posted on the clubs Facebook group page.
Existing club members are welcome, and encouraged, to join in these rides and pass on their knowledge and experience of riding to newcomers.
If you are joining us on a ride we recommend the following:
• Road bike in good condition.
• (Full) Water bottles
• Food (banana, cereal bar etc.)
• Pump and spare inner tube

Worcester St John CC Wednesday Morning Social Rides

9.30 am every Wednesday – The WSJCC club ride leaves from outside the Premier Inn at Worcester Bridge. The format is the same as the Sunday 9.30 ride

Full address for the meeting point is Premier Inn Worcester City Centre Hotel, County Ground, Worcestershire County Cricket Club, New Road, Worcester, WR2 4QQ and you can find the location on Google Maps
Please note: all riders who attend a Worcester St John’s club ride do so at their own risk.